JMC Expert Directory

The JMC Expert Directory features scholars with expertise on the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean to serve students, media, and community outreach.

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Pirjo Ahokas Kimmo Ahonen
Pirjo Ahokas, Professor Emerita (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)

Email: piraho[at]
Kimmo Ahonen, Ph.D. (European and World History, University of Turku)
Project Manager, Tampere University Pori Unit

Tel. +358-40-826 2735
Email: kimmo.ahonen[at]

• American Ethnic Minority Literatures (Jewish, African, Asian, and Native American)
• American Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
• Multiculturalism in the United States
• U.S. History, Politics, and Culture
• The Cold War
• Post-War U.S. Society and Culture
• Film History
• Anti-Communism in American Politics and Culture
• Science Fiction
• The History of U.S. Presidential Elections
Rani-Henrik Andersson Nana Arjopalo
Rani-Henrik Andersson, Ph.D. (History, University of Tampere), Title of Docent (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)
University Researcher, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-50-323 3549 
Email: rani-henrik.andersson[at]
Nana Arjopalo, M.A. (English Philology, University of Helsinki) Ph.D. Candidate (English, University of Turku), University Instructor (English Tampere University)


Tel. +358-50-598 4275
E-mail: nana.arjopalo[at]

• U.S. History, Politics, and Culture
• Canadian History, Politics, and Culture
• Native Americans
• Environment
• 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
• North American Literature and Culture
• South Asian American Fiction
• Contemporary Women Writers of the United States


Ina Batzke Katharine Bausch
Ina Batzke, M.A. (University of Münster)
Lecturer, English Department & Chair of American Studies, University of Münster, Germany
Freelance Translator/Editor

Email: inabatzke[at]
Katharine Bausch, Ph.D. (History, York University) 
Assistant Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Tel. +1-705-748-1011
Email: katharinebausch[at]
• Undocumented (Im)migration
• Border Studies
• Political Activism
• Testimonial Literature/Testimonio
• Latin American Literature
• North American Gender and Race
• North American Social Movements
• North American Popular Culture
Diane Belisle-Wolf Eric Bergman
Diane Bélisle-Wolf, M.A.
Ph.D. Candidate, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
University Lecturer, French, French Cultural Studies and CanLit, University of Koblenz, Germany, and Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien

Tel. + 49-261-952 2758
Email: dbelisle-wolf[at]
Eric Bergman, M.B.S. (Master of British Studies, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University in Berlin)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Comparative Literature Unit, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-45-642 8299
Email: eric.bergman[at]
• 9/11 Studies
• Canadian Literature/Studies
• U.S.–Canada Border Studies
• Comparative North American Studies
• U.S. Literature and Popular Culture
• French and Francophone Literature/Migrant Literature in Quebec
• Life Writing
• World Literature
• Mexican American/Chicano Literature, Culture, Society, and Politics
• Multiculturalism in the U.S.
• Finnish American Culture
Jorn Brondal Zuzanna Buchowska
Jørn Brøndal, Ph.D. (American History, University of Copenhagen)
Associate Professor, American History, Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark
President of the Danish Association for American Studies

Tel. +45-6550-2190
Email: brondal[at]
Zuzanna Buchowska, Ph.D. (Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)
Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in Culture, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Email: zuzana[at]
• History and Politics
• African American History
• Ethnic History
• History of Scandinavian Migration to the U.S.
• Reform Movements in U.S. History
• Presidential History
• Native American Studies
• Indigenous Food Sovereignty
• Indigenous Transnationalism
• Indigenous Education (boarding school history, higher education)
• Australian Indigenous Studies (education)
Albion Butters  
Albion M. Butters, Ph.D. (History of Religion, Columbia University)
Researcher, Editor at Khyentse Vision Project

Tel. +358-45-316 9363
Email: albion.butters[at]
• Religion in the U.S.
• 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
• U.S. Popular Culture
• Comics
• Buddhism in the U.S.
• Buddhism in India and Tibet


Derrais Carter Jennifer Chernega
Derrais (D.A.) Carter, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Iowa)
Assistant Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, University of Arizona

Email: derraiscarter[at]
Jennifer J.N. Chernega, Ph.D. (Sociology, Loyola University Chicago)
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota

Tel. +011 507-457-5428
E-mail: jchernega[at]
• Black Popular Culture
• Black Masculinity
• African American History
• Black Sexuality
• Black Cultural Studies
• Black Queer Studies
• Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. and Norway
• U.S. Voter Disenfranchisement
• U.S. Housing Segregation
• Gender Inequality in the U.S.
• U.S. Racial Inequality in Education
• U.S. Racial Inequality in Wealth Accumulation
Michael Coleman Diana Cuéllar Ledesma
Michael C. Coleman, Ph.D. (American History, University of Pennsylvania) 
Professor Emeritus, Department of Languages (English), University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Tel. +358-45-135 7177
Email: michael.coleman46[at]
Diana Cuéllar Ledesma, (PhD in Artistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Exhibitions Manager Casa de México en España

Tel. +346-20-98 7503
Email: diana.cledesma[at]
• Native American Histories and Cultures
• History of Cross-Cultural Education (esp. in comparative contexts)
• Language Changes in Finland and Ireland
• Contemporary Mexican Arts and Culture
• Indigenous Movements and Subjectivities in Latin America
• Indigenous Feminism in Latin America
• Indigenous Presence in Latin American Arts and Visual Culture
• Representation of Gender/Ethnicity in Latin American Cinema and Visual Culture
• Dialectics of Modernity in Latin America (Globalisation, Urban Inmigration and "Mutant" Subjectivities)


Kimmo Elo Maria Elo
Kimmo Elo, D.Soc.Sci. (Political Science, University of Turku), Title of Docent (University of Jyväskylä)
Senior Lecturer, European Studies, University of Turku & German Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-2-215 4522
Email: kimmo.elo[at]
Maria Elo, D.Sci. (Economics, Åbo Akademi University)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Business, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Tel. +1-202-994 0820
Email: melo[at]
• Transatlantic Relations
• The Role of the U.S. in Europe (esp. after WWII)
• Intelligence Studies
• The Cold War
• Computational Linguistic, Content Analysis, Text Mining
• Network Analysis, Big Networks
• International Business and Trade, International Business Networks
• Global Internationalization
• Non-Prime Business
• Transnational Business and Organizations
• Diaspora and Migration
• Diaspora Networks, Resources, and Entrepreneurship
• Bukharian Jewish Diaspora Entrepreneurship and Business
• Finnish Diaspora Business and Cluster Building in the U.S.
• Emerging Markets and Diaspora (esp. Central Asian diasporas in USA and Europe)


Ivan Pelcastre Farias Johannes Fehrle
Iván Farías Pelcastre, Ph.D. (Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham)
Vacation Visiting Research Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford 

Email: ivan.fariaspelcastre[at]
Johannes Fehrle, Ph.D. (English, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Assistant Professor, North American Studies, University of Mannheim

Tel. +49-621-181 3367
Email: fehrle[at]
• North American Regional Integration
• U.S.–Mexico Relations
• U.S.–Canada Relations
• Canada–Mexico Relations
• U.S.–Mexico Border Region
• North American Agreements on Environmental and Labor Cooperation (NAAEC and NAALC)
• North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
• The Western Genre (fiction and film)
• Adaptation Studies
• 20th Century Canadian Literature
• 20th and 21st Century U.S. Literature
• Digital Media (convergence culture, franchising, transmedia storytelling)
• Comics and Graphic Novels
Linda Fuller  
Linda K. Fuller, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (Communications, Worcester State University, U.S.A.)
Recipient of Fulbright awards to teach in Singapore and to do AIDS/HIV research in Senegal

• Gendered Language of Sport
• Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
• Media: Film History, Journalism, Emerging Technologies


Aaron Goings María A. Gutiérrez Bascón
Aaron Goings, Ph.D. (History, Simon Fraser University)
Associate Professor of History, Saint Martin's University, USA
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere

Tel. +358-50-437 7151
Email: aaron.goings[at]
María A. Gutiérrez Bascón, Ph.D. (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, The University of Chicago)
Kone Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher, JMC, University of Turku

Tel. +358-41-748 1106
Email: maria.gutierrezbascon[at]
• American Social and Labor History
• Social Movements
• Radicalism and Anti-radicalism
• Immigration History
• Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture
• Cuban Studies
• Urban and Heritage Studies
• The City of Havana in Literature and Culture


Outi Hakola Markus Heide
Outi Hakola, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)
Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-29-412 2986
Email: outi.j.hakola[at]
Markus Heide, Ph.D. (Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)
Senior Lecturer, Swedish Institute for North-American Studies, Uppsala University

Email: markus.heide[at]
• U.S. Media
• U.S. Popular Culture (esp. film and television)
• Death and Dying in the U.S. and Canada
• Cultural Traumas in the U.S.
• Violence, Crime, and Prisons in the U.S.
• Gender Issues in the U.S.
• 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
• Comparative American Studies
• Latino/a Literatures and Cultural Production
• Travel Writing (from the15th to the 20th Century)
• Hemispheric American Studies
• Border Studies
• American and Canadian Film
• Popular Culture
• Race and Ethnicity
Niko Heikkilä Benita Heiskanen
Niko Heikkilä, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-44-380 3333
Email: njheik[at]
Benita Heiskanen, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin), Title of Docent (American Studies, University of Turku; North American Studies, University of Helsinki) 
Professor of North American Studies & Director of the JMC, University of Turku
Tel. +358-29-450 2205
Email: benita.heiskanen[at]
• U.S. History and Culture
• Social Movements in the U.S.
• Black Nationalism
• White Nationalism
• Social Control
• U.S. History, Society, and Culture
• Race and Ethnicity in the United States
• Latino/as in the United States
• U.S. Popular Culture and Sport (boxing)
• U.S.–Mexico Border Region
• Drug Wars and Femicide in Mexico
• U.S.–Cuba Relations
• Contemporary U.S. Politics
Ari Helo Markku Henriksson
Ari Helo, Ph.D. (History), Docent in North American Studies & Intellectual History, Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-44-280 3885
Email: ari.helo[at]
Markku Henriksson, D.Soc.Sci. (Political History, University of Helsinki), D.Lett., h.c. (Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto), Title of Docent (American and Canadian Studies, University of Tampere)
McDonnell Douglas Chair for American Studies Emeritus, University of Helsinki
Council Member, JMC, University of Turku
Email: markku.henriksson[at]
• U.S. Politics
• U.S. History
• U.S. Foreign Policy
• American Intellectual History
• Early American History
• American Studies Methodology
• North American History, Politics, Geography, and Art
• American Studies & Canadian Studies
• Native American and First Nations History, Culture, and Politics
• Route 66
• Trans-Canada Highway
Erik Hieta Antero Holmila
Erik Hieta, Ph.D. (History, University of California, Davis)

Tel. +358-44-208 6030
Email: erik.hieta[at]
Antero Holmila, Ph.D. in History (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Department of History and Ethnology
Transatlantic Studies Association

Tel. +358 50 3097 643
Email: antero.holmila[at]
• U.S. History
• The U.S. and the World since WWII
• Native American Studies
• Ethnographic Representation and Indigenous Peoples
• Finnish American Identities
• Migration and Ethnicity in the U.S.
• 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
• US Foreign Relations since 1898
• US in WWII: Isolationism vs. Internationalism
• US Congress and War
• Transatlantic Relations
• Geopolitics
• FDR Era & Presidency
• The Cold War and the Politics of Sport
Tuomas Hovi Aleksi Huhta
Tuomas Hovi, Ph.D. (Folkloristics, University of Turku) 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Folkloristics, University of Turku 

Email: tuomas.hovi[at]
Aleksi Huhta, Ph.D. (European and World History, University of Turku)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-40-757 5131
Email: alehuh[at]
• Finnish American Heritage and Tradition
• Identity Politics of Finnish Americans in the U.S.
• Authenticity
• Folklore
• History of Migration
• Racialism and Racism in U.S./Atlantic History
• Finnish American History
• Sociology of Ethnicity/Race
Reetta Humalajoki  
Reetta Humalajoki, Ph.D. (History, Durham University)
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, JMC, University of Turku

Tel. +358-29-450 3894
Email: reetta.humalajoki[at]
• Indigenous Studies
• Modern U.S. and Canadian History
• Political Activism and Social Movements
• Ethnicity, Race, and Identity
• Race in Popular Culture and Cultural Appropriation


Kaisa Ilmonen  
Kaisa Ilmonen, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)
Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor in the Study of Minority Literatures, University of Turku

Email: kailmo[at]
• Caribbean Women's Writing
• American-Caribbean Literatures
• Postcolonial Theory and Postcolonial Literatures
• Intersectionality
• Feminism, Queer and Sexuality in Literature


Jian-e Ling  
Ling Jian-e, Ph.D. (English Language and Literature, Nanjing University)
Associate Professor, Hunan University of Science and Technology

Tel. +86-731-5829 1105
Email: lindalje[at]
• Modernist American Theater
• Post-9/11 Literature
• Interculturation of Chinese and American Literature
• Women's Studies
• U.S. Literature in Intellectual History


Pasi J. Kallio Kari Kallioniemi
Pasi J. Kallio, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)

Tel. +358-45-636 2366
Email: pasi.kallio[at]
Kari Kallioniemi, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku), Title of Docent (History of Popular Culture, University of Turku)
University Lecturer, Musicology & Vice-Director, International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), University of Turku
President, European Popular Culture Association
Tel. +358-45-260 7968
Email: kari.kallioniemi[at]
• U.S. History (esp. cultural and intellectual import from Europe to the U.S., Southern History)
• Elites of the Southern States
• The American Civil War
• Sceptical Historiography
• Literary Theory, Semiotics (esp. narrative in history)
• Anglo Actors and Hollywood Stardom
• Post-War American Popular Music
• The First and Second British Invasions in the U.S.
• U.S. Popular Culture and Psychedelia
• Anglomania and Anglophobia in the U.S
• Transatlantic Popular Culture
Lauri Kangasniemi Suvi Karila
Lauri Kangasniemi, B.Soc.Sci. (International Relations, University of Tampere)
Student, International Relations, University of Tampere

Tel. +358 40 129 0889
Email: kangasniemi.lauri.j[at]
Suvi Karila, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku

Email: suvi.karila[at]
• International Trade
• U.S. Trade Policy
• U.S. Trade Negotiations
• Nonreligion (Atheism, Unbelief, Irreligion) in the U.S.
• Gender and Nonreligion
Saara Kekki Pekka Kilpeläinen
Saara Kekki, M.A. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki) 
Ph.D. Candidate, North American Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-44-379 3007
Email: saara.kekki[at] 
Pekka Kilpeläinen, Ph.D. (English Language and Culture, University of Eastern Finland)
University Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Tel. +358-50-327 5759
Email: pekka.a.kilpelainen[at]
• Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment in WWII
• Minorities in the U.S. and Canada
• Minority Politics
• Native American Politics
• Big Data in Historical Research
• African American Literature and Culture
• Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the U.S.
• James Baldwin
• Ideology and Utopia
• Cultural Memory
• Transculturation
Anna Koivusalo Jani Kokko
Anna Koivusalo, Ph.D. (History, University of Helsinki)
Postdoctoral Researcher, History, University of Helsinki

Email: anna.koivusalo[at]
Jani Kokko, M.A. (History, University of Jyväskylä) 
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Tel. +358-50-341 2860
Email: Jani.t.kokko[at]
• Nineteenth-century American History
• Southern United States
• Civil War and Reconstruction.
• U.S. Elections and Political System
• U.S. Presidency
• American Values
• U.S. National Security Policy
Pekka Kolehmainen Tuula Kolehmainen
Pekka Kolehmainen, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku
Chair, PCA-Finland (Suomen Populaarikulttuurin Tutkimuksen Seura)

Email: pmkole[at] 
Tuula Kolehmainen, M.A. (English Philology, University of Helsinki)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Languages (English Philology), University of Helsinki

Email: tuula.kolehmainen[at]
• Cultural History of the 1980s in the U.S.
• Popular Music, Popular Culture, and Audiovisual Media
• Censorship, Culture Wars
• Digital Culture and Game Studies
• African American Literature
• Black Masculinity
Janne Korkka Auvo Kostiainen
Janne Korkka, Ph.D. (English, University of Turku) 
Senior Lecturer, Deparment of English, University of Turku
Coordinator, North American Studies Programme, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5323
Email: jkorkka[at]
Auvo Kostiainen, Ph.D. (University of Turku), Title of Docent (Travel History, University of Lapland; General History, University of Tampere)
Professor Emeritus, Department of European and World History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-517 4313
Email: aukosti[at]
• Canadian Literature
• Indigenous Peoples in Canadian and U.S. Literature
• Space and Place in Literature
• The Arctic in Literature
• Writings of the Canadian Prairie
• History of Ethnicity and Migration
• Finns in North America
• Radical Ethnic Groups in the United States
• John Morton
• Finns in the Soviet Union
• History of Multiculturalism
• History of Travel and Tourism
Krystof Kozak Anna Kronlund
Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D. (International Studies, Charles University)
Head of the Department of American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague

Tel. +420-251-080 449, +421-251-080 250
Email: kozak[at], krystofkozak[at]  
Anna Kronlund, Ph.D (Political Science, University of Jyväskylä)
Researcher, Project Leader, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä

Email: anna.p.kronlund[at]
• U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relations
• North American Economic Integration and Globalization (esp. the effects on public policy in Mexico and the U.S.)
• Legal and Illegal Migration from Mexico to the U.S.
• Drug Trafficking as a Problem of National and International Politics
• Asymmetric Collective Memory in Mexico and the U.S
• U.S. Politics
• U.S. Congress
• Separation of Powers and the U.S. Political System/Culture
• War and Emergency Powers in the U.S.
• U.S., Multilateralism, and the United Nations
Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf Sonja Kuosmanen
Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D. (American Studies, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington)
Assistant Professor, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis

Tel. +1-260-433 1829
Email: ekueblerwolf[at]
Sonja Kuosmanen, M.A. (English Philology, University of Helsinki)
Doctoral student, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki

Email: sonja.kuosmanen[at]
• Antebellum South
• Images of Slaves and Slavery
• Proslavery and Abolitionist Rhetoric
• American Art History (from colonial time to present)
• Political Language and Discourses
• Political Discourse in the United States
• Rhetoric of the President of the United States
• U.S. Foreign Policy Discourse
• Political Discourse in the U.S. Media
Asta Kuusinen Katariina Kyrölä
Asta Kuusinen, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki) 
University Lecturer in Art Education, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland

Tel. +358-45-639 2980 
Email: asta.kuusinen[at]
Katariina Kyrölä, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)
Lecturer, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Email: kkyrola[at]
• North American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Chicana Artists
• Visual Culture and Media
• New Mexico Cultures and Society
• Religious Imagery in Contemporary Art
• History of Documentary and Art Photography
• Sustainable Development and Education through Art 
• Gender, Sexuality, and "Race" in Contemporary American Popular Culture
• Feminist Theories of the Body
• Fat Studies and Fatness in the Media
• LGBTQ Issues in the U.S.
• Feminist Studies of Horror and Pornography
• American B-Movies, Reality Television, and Tabloid Culture
Jere Kyyrö Lotta Kähkönen
Jere Kyyrö, Ph.D. (Study of Religion, University of Turku)
M.Sos.Sc. (Sociology, University of Tampere)
University Teacher, Study of Cultures, University of Turku

Email: jjkyyr[at]

Lotta Kähkönen, Research Fellow, Gender Studies, University of Turku
Senior Researcher, Gender Studies, University of Tampere

Tel. +356-40-519-8194
Email: lotta.kahkonen[at]
• Civil Religion Debate in North America
• Sociology of Religion, Sociological and Anthropological Theories of Religion
• Religion and Media, Media Rituals
• Critical Study of Religion
• Images of The Frontier and Apocalypse in Science Fiction Films and Television 
• Contemporary U.S. Literature
• Race and Gender in U.S. Literature
• Transgender in Anglophone Literature and Popular Culture
• Queer Theory and Sexuality
Kimi Kärki  
Kimi Kärki, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Senior Research Fellow, Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-50-534 4697
Email: kierka[at]

• Popular Music and Stadium Rock Live Performances
• Music Industry and Touring
• Digital Gaming, Violence, and Political Satire
• Conspiracy Theories, Satanism, and Paganism
• Blockbuster and Horror Films
• Study of Fascism




Janne Lahti Otto Latva
Janne Lahti, Ph.D. (General History, University of Helsinki), Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in General History (University of Helsinki)
Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Helsinki
Editor, American Studies in Scandinavia

Tel.+358-40-744 275
Email: janne.lahti[at]
Otto Latva, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Research Associate, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-2-215 4911
Email: otto.latva[at]
• U.S. History, Society, and Culture
• American West
• Colonialism and Empire
• Borderlands
• Native Americans
• Race, Ethnicity (Whiteness), and Gender (Masculinity)
• American Film
• Military History
• Historical Conceptions of the Ocean and the Deep Sea (North Atlantic region)
• The Sea in North American Culture
• History of Sea Animals (animals as historical subjects, representations of sea animals, esp. the giant squid)
• Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century Cultural History
• History of Science (Zoology; the ocean; and deep-sea exploration)
• History of Wonder and Monsters
• History of the Newfoundland Region
Kwangjin Lee Johanna Leinonen
Kwangjin Lee, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)
Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, Soongsil University

Tel. +82-2-820-0339
Email: pynchon69[at]
Johanna Leinonen, Ph.D. (History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)
Senior Researcher, Migration Institute of Finland

Tel. +358-40-5340078
Email: johlei[at]
• American Literature (Realism and Naturalism)
• U.S. Business History (large corporations)
• Management (organizational behavior)
• Modern U.S. History
• Migration History, the United States and Finland
• Race and Ethnicity in the United States and in Finland
• Transnationalism, in particular Transnational Families
• Gender History
• History of Finnish Emigration
• Interdisciplinary Research


Juha Meriläinen Sini Mononen
Juha Meriläinen, Ph.D. (Common Church History, University of Helsinki)
Committee Secretary, Church Administration/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Tel. +358-44-537 0878
Email: juha.merilainen[at]
Sini Mononen, M.A. (Musicology, University of Helsinki)
Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology, University of Turku 

Tel. +358-40-410 3160
Email: siinmo[at]
• Religious History in the U.S.
• American Lutheranism
• Religion and the Cold War
• The Ecumenical Movement
• American Churches and the Post-WWII Reconstruction
• Civil Religion
• Finnish-American Immigrants
• Religion and Identity
• Narrative Methods
• Music and Violence
• Film Music and Sound
• Stalking Studies
• Representations of Violent Experience
Teemu Mäkinen
Teemu Mäkinen, M.Soc.Sci. (Political Science, University of Jyväskylä)
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Management / Political Science,
University of Tampere

Tel. +358-40-737 0967
Email: makinen.teemu.p[at]
• U.S. Congress and Presidency
• The Role of the U.S. Congress in American Foreign Policy
• Partisanship and Polarization in American Politics
• U.S. Electoral Politics
• The U.S. Constitution and Political System


Nadia Contreras Nava Jari Nikkola
Nadia Nava Contreras, M.A.
Kone Foundation Researcher, JMC, University of Turku
Ph.D. Candidate, Political History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-44-333 9767
Email: nadia.navacontreras[at]
Jari Nikkola, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, European and World History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-566 0405
Email: jari.nikkola[at]
• Mexican Foreign Policy (20th and 21st Centuries)
• The Interamerican System and Latin America in the United Nations
• Public Diplomacy and National Imaginaries
• Transnational History
• Immigration History
• Late Generation European-American Ethnicity
• Late Generation American Finns
• Interethnicity of the Upper Midwest
• Sociology of Acculturation and Ethnicity
Jopi Nyman  
Jopi Nyman, Ph.D. (English, University of Joensuu), D.Soc.Sci. (Sociology, University of Joensuu)
Professor of English, University of Eastern Finland

Tel. +358-50-442 3199
Email: jopi.nyman[at]
• U.S. Literature and Popular Culture
• Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
• American Ethnic Literature
• American Cultural Studies
• Human-Animal Studies
• Migration, Mobility and Globalization in Literature


Petri Paju Justin Parks
Petri Paju, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Reserach Fellow, Cultural History, University of Turku

Email: petpaju[at]
Justin Parks, Ph.D. (English, State University of New York, University at Buffalo) 
Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture, Arctic University of Norway

Email: justin.parks[at]
• History of Computing
• History of Technology
• History of Multinational Business (esp. International Business Machines, IBM)
• U. S. Business in Europe (after WWII)
• American Literature
• Poetry and Poetics
• International Modernism
• African American Literature
• American Culture in the Great Depression
• Literary Criticism and Theory
• Academic Writing and EFL
Anna Pehkoranta Henna-Riikka Pennanen
Anna Pehkoranta, Ph.D. (Literature, University of Jyväskylä)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Tel. +358-40-739 0965 
Email: anna.m.pehkoranta[at]
Henna-Riikka Pennanen, Ph.D. (History, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), JMC, University of Turku

Tel. +358-29-450 3098
Email: henna-riikka.pennanen[at]
• Asian North American Literature and Criticism
• Ethnic Minority Literatures in the U.S.
• Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Fiction and Criticism
• Transnational and Postcolonial Fiction and Theory in the U.S. Context
• Feminist, Ecocritical, and Psychoanalytical Literary Criticism in the U.S.
• Affectivity and Experimentality in Contemporary Asian American Literature
• 19th Century U.S. History
• U.S. - East Asia/China Relations
• Idea of "The West"
• Conceptual and Intellectual History
• Images of "The Yellow Peril"
Rosemary Pennington Nicole Perry
Rosemary Pennington, Ph.D. (Indiana University)
Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, Miami University

Tel. 513-529 3460, 812-327 3953
Email: penninrm[at]
Nicole Perry, Ph.D. (Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto)
Lise Meitner Fellow (FWF), University of Vienna

Tel. +43-1-4277 42208
Email: nicole.perry[at]
• American Journalism
• Muslims and Media
• Minorities and Media
• New Media & Society
• German/Native American relations
• North American Indigenous Art
• North American Indigenous Film
• German immigrants to North America


Saijaleena Rantanen Paola Raunio
Saijaleena Rantanen, DMus, M.A. (Music History, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki) 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Tel. +358-40-710 4200
Email: saijaleena.rantanen[at]
Paola Raunio, Ph.D. (International Relations, University of St. Andrews)
Assistant Professor in International Relations, University of Sharjah

Email: paola.raunio[at] 
• Music History of Migrants (North America and Finland)
• Migration History (North America and Finland
• Music and Society
• Transnationalism
• Interdisciplinary Research
• U.S. Foreign Policy
• The Role of the U.S. in the Middle East
• U.S.–Iran Relations
• American In/Security Policies
• Human Rights
• Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in U.S. Foreign Policy
• Contemporary Imperialism
• Feminist and Postcolonial Theory 
Anju Reejhsinghani Rodríguez Ángeles
Anju Reejhsinghani, Ph.D. (History, The University of Texas at Austin) 
Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Email: reejhsinghan[at]
Angeles Rodriguez, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
Chair of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages

Tel. 001 512 966 4355
• Race, Gender, and Transnational Sport
• Latin American/Latinx Studies
• Asian and African Diasporas in the Americas
• Modern Cuba and U.S. - Cuba Relations
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the U.S. Higher Education
• Cultural Memory in Mexico
• Contemporary Mexican and Latin American Literature and Culture 
• Mexican and Latin American Historical Fiction in Literature, Film, and Television 
• Mexican Television and Film Women Directors 
• Environmental Humanities in Latin America 
• Leisure and Play in Mexico and Latin America 
Matti Roitto Leena-Maija Rossi
Matti Roitto, Ph.D. (General History, University of Jyväskylä)

Editor in Chief, Jargonia 

Tel. +358-40-542 3904
Email: matti.roitto[at] 
Leena-Maija Rossi, Ph.D. (Art History and Women's/Gender Studies, University of Helsinki), Title of Docent (Visual Culture, University of Turku; Gender Studies and Art History, University of Helsinki)
Executive Director, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York

Tel. +1-646-436-8738
Email: rossi[at]
• Anglo-American Relations (political history, foreign policy, international relations)
• Anglo-American Atomic Cooperation and Nuclear Weapons (esp. 1940s) 
• Early Cold War
• Intersectional Study of Genders and Sexualities
• Queer Studies
• Visual Culture (esp. media and contemporary art) 
• U.S. Popular Culture/Film, Television, and Internet Series 
Markku Ruotsila
Markku Ruotsila, Ph.D. (History, University of Cambridge)
Adjunct Professor (Docent), North American Church History, University of Helsinki
Adjunct Professor (Docent), American and British History, University of Tampere

Tel. +358-050-431 8747 
Email: markku.ruotsila[at]  
• U.S. History, Society, and Politics
• Religion and Politics in the U.S.
• The Republican Party, Christian Right, and U.S. Conservatism
• Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism (in the U.S. and worldwide)
• Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy
• Socialism and the Religious Left in the U.S.
• U.S. Presidential Elections and Presidential History
• U.S. Anticommunism and the Cold War
• Transnational History and U.S. Foreign Relations


Mikko Saikku Sirpa Salenius
Mikko Saikku, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)
Title of Docent (North American Studies, University of Helsinki; Environmental History, University of Tampere)
McDonnell Douglas Professor of American Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-50-448 4075
Email: mikko.saikku[at]
Sirpa Salenius, Ph.D. (English Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu), Title of Docent (English-language Literature and Culture, University of Eastern Finland)
Senior Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Tel. +39-333-2142465
Email: sirpa.salenius[at], sirpa.salenius[at]
• North American History
• American Studies
• The American South
• Environmental Humanities
• American Literature
• U.S. Culture and Society
• Gender Studies
• Space 
Hannu Salmi Samira Saramo
Hannu Salmi, Ph.D. (General History, University of Turku) 
Academy Professor, Department of Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-7051196
Email: hansalmi[at]
Samira Saramo, Ph.D. (History, York University)
Senior Researcher, Migration Institute of Finland

Email: samira.saramo[at]
Twitter: samira_saramo
• Film and Media History
• History of Popular Culture
• Hollywood Cinema
• American and European Cultural Relations
• Canadian History
• Finns in North America
• North American Migration History & Transnationalism
• Life Writing/Life Stories
• Emotions and Senses
• Place-Making and Community-Building
• History of Death and Grief
• Socialism in Canada and the United States
• North American Settler Colonialism
Heikki Saxen Lydia Schoeppner
Heikki Saxén, Ph.D. (History and Bioethics, University of Tampere)
Researcher, History, University of Tampere

Tel. +358-40-756 8485
Email: heikki.saxen[at]
Lydia Schoeppner, Ph.D. (Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
Teaching Assistant Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies, Canadian Mennonite University/University of Winnipeg

Email: lschoeppner[at]


• Bioethics
• Medical Ethics
• Research Ethics
• History of Bioethics
• Political Philosophy (esp. John Rawls and Judith Shklar)
• Indigenous/Inuit Peacemaking and Research Methodologies
• Conflict Transformation
• Conflict and Culture
• Inuit Culture, Society, and Traditional Knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit)
• Hybrid Peace, Everyday Peace, Peaceful Societies
• Colonization and Decolonization in the Arctic
Mila Seppälä Mark Shackleton
Mila Seppälä, M.A. (English, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358-400-841 363
Email: mitase[at]

Mark Shackleton, Ph.D. (American Literature, University of Helsinki), Title of Docent (English Literature, University of Helsinki)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages/English, University of Helsinki

Tel. + 358-50-402 8941
Email: Mark.Shackleton[at]
• U.S. Politics
• Police Violence and Use of Force Legislation
• Gun Violence and Gun Legislation
• Media Discourse
• African American Studies
• Native North American Writing
• Postcolonial Literatures
• Trickster Literatures
• Transcultural and Transnational Adoption
Elina Siltanen Hilma Sormunen
Elina Siltanen, Ph.D. (FT/FD, English, double degree from the University of Turku, Finland and Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Research Grantee), Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358 503 268 953
Email: elina.siltanen[at]
Hilma Sormunen, M.Soc.Sci (Political Science, University of Turku)
Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, University of Turku (from August 2020)

Tel. +358 044 594 8391
Email: hrsorm[at]
• Recent and Contemporary U.S. Poetry (esp. Language Writing, Conceptual Poetry)
• Experimental Poetry
• Ways of Reading Complex Literature
• Reading for emotion
• Literary Criticism
• Critical Discourse Analysis
• Rhetoric in U.S. Presidential Addresses (George W. Bush and Barack Obama)
Stephanie Sparling Williams Frida Stranne
Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Southern California)
John Walsh Fellow (Yale University Art Gallery)

Email: stephanie.sparlingwilliams[at]
Frida Stranne, Ph.D. (Peace- and Development Research, Gothenburg University)
Senior Lecturer, Political Science, University of Halmstad
Visiting Scholar at SINAS, Uppsala University

Email: frida.stranne[at]
• African American Studies
• Visual Culture Studies
• Art History
• Black and Diaspora Studies
• Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
• Museum Studies
• Phenomenology

• History of U.S. Foreign Policy
• Core Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy
• U.S. Involvement in the Middle East
• Think Tanks and their Role in Policymaking (esp. foreign policy)
• Political Development in U.S. Congress and its Relation to the Executive Branch (polarization, influence of money, gerrymandering)

Sanna Suomi  

Sanna Suomi, M.A. (Folkloristics, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Folkloristics, University of Turku

Email: sklepp[at]


• Finnish immigrants in the United States
• U.S. Finnish women's writing
• Life Writing
• Folklore; Personal Experience Narrative



Airnel Talatala Abarra Phil Tiemeyer
Airnel Talatala Abarra, M.Sc. 
Head Coach in Athletics (Track & Field), Office of Athletics, Ateneo de Davao University 

Email: atabarra[at]
Phil Tiemeyer, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)
Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Kansas State University, USA

Tel. +1-314-570 7949
• Athletics
• Sport and Society
• Philippine-United States of America Relations
• LGBTQ Issues 
• Civil Aviation Issues (airlines)
Gyorgy Toth Juho Turpeinen
Gyorgy Toth, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Iowa)
Lecturer in History, Division of History and Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling

Tel. +44-1786-467 573
Email: gyorgy.toth[at] 
Juho Turpeinen, M.A. (Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki) 
Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki
Doctoral Programme of Political, Societal and Regional Change, Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-407-073 669
Email: juho.turpeinen[at]
• 20th Century (esp. post-1945 U.S. history)
• Transatlantic Cultural Relations and Social Movements
• U.S. Transnational Relations
• American Indian History
• U.S. and European Public History and Memory
• Political Theory
• Neoliberalism
• Populism
• Conservatism
• Social Media
• Land Use
Alf Tomas Tonnessen  
Alf Tomas Tønnessen, Ph.D. (North-American Area Studies, University of Oslo) 
Associate Professor, American Civilization/English,
Volda University College, Norway

Tel. +47-70-075 456 
Email: toenness[at] 
• U.S. Political History
• U.S. Domestic Policy
• The U.S. Conservative Movement
• The Republican Party
• U.S. Presidential Elections


Ave Ungro  
Ave Ungro, M.A. (Spanish Philology, University of Tartu)
Latin American Studies, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

Tel. +372-5620 1110
E-mail: ave.ungro[at]
• Contemporary Mexican Journalism
• Drug Wars in Mexico
• Discourse Studies
• Latin American Literary Journalism
• Latin American Literature 


Elina Valovirta Vesa Vares

Elina Valovirta, Ph.D. (English, University of Turku)
Title of Docent (Anglophone Literature, esp. Feminist Research, University of Eastern Finland)
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5325
Email: elina.valovirta[at]

Vesa Vares, D.Soc.Sci. (Political History, University of Turku)
Title of Docent (History of Ideologies and Society, University of Jyväskylä; Finnish History, University of Tampere; History of Ideologies and Political Parties,University of Turku)
Professor of Political History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5368
Email: vesa vares[at]
• Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing
• Sexuality
• Emotions, Affects, and Affect theory
• Feminist Reader Theory
• Cultural Studies
• Anglophone Global Culture
• U.S. History and Society
• History of U.S. Presidents and Presidential Elections
• The Democratic Party
• The Republican Party
• Liberalism and Conservatism in the U.S.
• Representations of U.S. History in Films 
Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen Susanna Välimäki
Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, Ph.D. (Latin American Studies, University of Helsinki)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Part-time Teacher in Master´s Degree Programme in Intercultural Encounters, University of Helsinki

Email: sarri.vuorisalo-tiitinen[at]
Susanna Välimäki, Ph.D., Title of Docent (Musicology, University of Helsinki)
Senior Lecturer in Musicology, University of Turku 

Tel. +358-2-333 5218
Email: susanna.valimaki[at]
• Gender and Ethnicity in Latin America
• Indigenous Movements in Latin America
• Mexican Zapatista Movement
• Latin American Literature
• Mexican Indigenist Writer Rosario Castellanos
• Latin American Migration to the U.S. and Europe
• Latin Americans in Finland
• Bilingualism in Finland (Finnish-Spanish/Portuguese)
• Critical Discourse Analysis
• Contemporary American Music (esp. Contemporary Classical Music, Rock Music, and Americana)
• American Films and Film Music
• War Films
• Study of Cultural Trauma
• War in Music and Sonic Arts
• Political Art
• Queer Studies
• Ecomusicology and Ecocriticism
• Native American Film 


Elizabeth Whitney Oscar Winberg
Elizabeth Whitney, Ph.D. (Performance Studies, Popular Culture, and Communication, Southern Illinois University)

Email: ewhitney[at]
Oscar Winberg, M.A. (General History, Åbo Akademi University)
Ph.D. Candidate, General History, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-40-575 4027
Email: owinberg[at]
• LGBTQ Media and Politics
• Queer and Feminist Arts
• Communication and Public Speaking
• Modern U.S. History
• U.S. Presidential Elections
• U.S. Political History
• U.S. Television
• Political Cartoons
• Political Advertising 
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu  
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ph.D. (History, Stanford University)
Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine
Co-editor, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies
Co-Editor, Gendering the Transpacific World: Diaspora, Empire and Race (book series with Brill)

Email: j.wu[at]
• Modern U.S. History
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
• Asian American and Ethnic Studies
• U.S. Militarism in Asia and the Pacific
• Political activism
• Digital Narratives
• Biography


Kim Östman  

Kim Östman, Ph.D. (Comparative religion, Åbo Akademi University), D.Sc. (Microelectronics, Aalto University)
Title of Docent (Study of Religions, Åbo Akademi University)
Senior R&D Engineer, Nordic Semiconductor

Tel. +358-40-829 6192
Email: kim.ostman[at]


• History and Modern Development of Mormonism (esp. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
• Mormon Missionary Work in Europe, incl. 19th-century Emigration to Utah
• Mormonism in Finland, Past and Present
• Polygamy and Fundamentalist Mormons in North America